The alfalfa hay in our area is not only pricey, but tends to have blister beetle issues. It's cheaper and safer to buy the pellets. I don't know if cubes are even available in this area. I soak the pellets with the beet pulp - don't want the daughter's mare to colic on us. She has already had some scary colicky moments. She's dreadfully skinny - but since we **finally** convinced the son-in-law that mare's don't always wean their colts at the right time and we pulled her 14 month old, still nursing, nuisance of a colt off of her and are feeding her separately from the colt, she is putting on weight rapidly.